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North Kent youngsters plan their future as A-level results arrive

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 19 August 2016

Mayfield Grammar students celebrate their results

Mayfield Grammar students celebrate their results

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Record numbers of students are heading to universities this year

Youngsters in north Kent are planning their futures today as they receive their A-level results, with many hoping to join the record number of students heading to university.

Staff and students at Dartford Science and Technology College celebrated their best ever A level results.

Some 70 per cent of all grades were awarded A*–B, while vocational courses saw 68 per cent awarded the highest grade possible - distinction. The overall pass rate was 99 per cent.

At Mayfield Grammar School in Gravesend, almost half (48 per cent) of the exams sat by pupils resulted in an A*-B grade, while the figure for A*-C was 80 per cent.

Headteacher Elaine Wilson said: “We are understandably proud of our students and their results are testament to their hard work and commitment together with the excellent teaching they receive at school.”

The Longfield Academy saw 73 per cent of pupils achieve A*- C grades, while 40 per cent scored A*- B.

Principal Alex O’Donnell commented: “Whether they are continuing on to further education or entering the world of work, we know that our students have developed skills during their time at Longfield Academy that they will be able to transfer to the next stage in their lives.”

At the Leigh UTC, 50 per cent of all grades were A*- A, with 72 per cent achieving A*-B.

Some 87 per cent achieved the Technical Baccalaureate certificate, which provides bright young people with a first-class alternative to the more traditional A-level route,

Simon Beamish, chief executive of Leigh Academies Trust, added: “I am delighted with A Level results at Longfield Academy and across the Leigh Academies Trust’s six secondary schools.

“They are our best results ever this year, in some cases by a very large margin. They show the power of working within a successful and dynamic multi-academy trust. Our students and staff deserve all the accolades that will flow from here”.

At a national level, there has been a fall in the number of pupils achieving top grades for the fifth year in a row, with 25.8 per cent of entrants scoring either an A or A*, down from 25.9 per cent in 2015.

Figures show the gap in attainment between boys and girls is narrowing, with the proportion of girls achieving A or higher just 0.3 percentage points greater than the number of boys - a drop of 2.6 percentage points since 2006.

A record number of students is heading for university this year, with 424,000 placed in higher education as of midnight - up three per cent on last year’s figure.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “This is a big day for hundreds of thousands of young people who have chosen to kick start their adult life with higher education – well done to all of them.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the first small signs of improvement for young men, although they are still too far behind.”

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